Shakespeare As Core-Shaker: Reinventing the Human

Does the writing of Shakespeare still have the power to move us? Did it ever have that power? Shakespearean actor John McDonald poses these questions and answers them through a series of performed monologues -- arguably some of the most memorable and moving speeches ever written for the stage.

Reinventing the Human: Shakespeare and the Awakening of the Renaissance Man
Monday, March 10, 7-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Friday, March 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center

There was a shift in the experience of the medieval humans from being miserable, unquestioning, keep-your-head-down and don’t-make-waves commoners to citizens who entertained aspirations of becoming a Renaissance adventurer, creator, and scientist. Could Shakespeare’s characters have provided fuel for the intellectual fire? Actor John McDonald is our guide on this experiential tour of the 16th century. How can we access Shakespearean wisdom, apply it to our own lives and embody the spirit of adventure, creativity and curiosity to fuel a Renaissance for our time? John explores 16th century social and cultural change with six pieces from three plays: Henry the V, Macbeth, and Richard the II. John returned to his native Denver in 1986 after earning an MBA in Drama at The Catholic University of America. Since then he has taught, acted, and directed in local theatre extensively. John enjoys the language and poetry of Shakespeare and making it accessible to everyone.

Two performances only! Free and open to the public. If you’d like to bring a school group to either performance, please call 720-865-1206 or email for reservations. Recommended for middle school students and up.

Written by Chris on March 5, 2014


Anonymous on March 5, 2014


I feel that Shakespeare's work does speak to us today, and someone with new insight to help modern people understand "Will" better is wonderful. Looking forward to the presentation at the library.
Thank you

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